Black History Month and Art

Black History Month

Dr. Carter G. Woodson and Rev. Jesse E. Moorland co-founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). Their goal was to research and bring awareness to the largely ignored role black people played in American and world history. The following year, Woodson published and distributed his findings in The Journal of Negro History.


Dr. Carter G. Woodson died in 1950, but his legacy continued on as the celebration of Negro History Week was adopted by cities and organizations across the country. This observance proved especially important during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, a time when the inhumane and unequal treatment of black people in America was being challenged and overturned.


The Black Power Movement of the 1970s emphasized racial pride and the significance of collective cultural values. This prompted the ASNLH, now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, to change Negro History Week to Black History Week. In 1976, they extended the week to a month-long observance. (See Milestones in Black History)


Black History MonthBlack History Month is now recognized and widely celebrated by the entire nation on both a scholarly and commercial level. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History continues to promote, preserve and research black history and culture year-round.

Black History Month Art Lessons

Book: A History of African-American Artists: From 1792 to the Present. - The late Romare Bearden, a premier African American artist in his own right, devoted 15 years to researching and writing this magnificent study of the lives and achievements of 36 significant African American artists born prior to 1925.



Black History Worksheet

Make every month "Black History Month"


Name_________________________ Section: _______________ Date: ________________


Find some time when you can work with your parents, friends, brothers or sisters to work on this homework assignment. You will have to the end of the month of February to complete it. Challenge yourself to come up with a new list of names for next month and the next. Read the essay: "Where Would We Be Without Black People?" See if you can find one Internet resource for each inventor (or patent) listed in the story.  Your findings will be used to help students in following years learn more about our African American history. For those of you feeling a bit creative, add on to the story with more inventions/patents for which Africans--or African Americans-- played a part.


For each of the categories below, list at least one African American (or any person of African decent). Include why this person was selected and why you admire this person.

  1. Musician/Songwriter/Composer (past or present):


  1. Inventor or Scientist:


  1. Mathematician:


  1. Humanitarian:


  1. Sports Hero:


  1. Historian:


  1. Statesman:


  1. Visual Artist:


  1. Writer or Poet:


  1. Working class:


  2. Actor/Actress:




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